BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor John Slattery was born in Boston on this date in 1962. This birthday guy has starred as Roger Sterling on the acclaimed series "Mad Men" since 2007. He's also played recurring roles on "Desperate Housewives" and "Judging Amy," as well as appearing in feature films such as "Iron Man 2," "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Flags of Our Fathers."

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Git along little dogies. This is a good day to ride herd on social activities and spend quality time with a significant other who is in a loving mood. Accept invitations or call your friends together.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Care enough to cater to a change of heart. If an apology is offered, it is up to you to graciously accept it. A recent problem or quarrel might offer a chance to look at things from a different perspective.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Close ties are enhanced by harmony. You and a partner can make wise decisions about joint funds or debts. Someone in your circle may sense your kind heartedness and take you in to their confidence.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Play hide and seek. Take advantage of the sense of adventure in the air. You will enjoy uncovering new ideas, places, and things. Any excursions you undertake will be certain to broaden your horizons.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The window of opportunity is open wide. This could be a fine day to envision what the future can hold -- if you stretch your imagination. Plans developed now will have every chance to be fulfilled successfully.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Sincerity rings true. It takes more than facts and figures to get a point across. Right now, you have your best chance to persuade others and to influence the future through the spoken word.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Unleash the laughter. Get your mind off your problems by watching a comedy or reading jokes. This evening could be ideal for meeting someone on the prowl for lighthearted fun at a party or in a chat room.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): People are charmed by your street smarts and professionalism, but someone may wish to get to know your personal side. You may get a chance to meet up with someone recommended by a mutual friend.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Explore and explain. This is a good day to wander off to see new sights and sounds. While you are at it you can set things right with a special someone and clear up any possible misunderstandings.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can earn more if you are eager to be educated. It can pay off to read a trade magazine, attend a seminar or view a video about your pet subject. This is a good day to mend social fences.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Spontaneity is a springboard for sincerity. When others exert themselves in an honest desire to please, it warms the cockles of your heart. Relationships take a turn for the better when you just dive in feet first.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Be tolerant with others even when you are tough on yourself. Rather than behaving with formal and businesslike stiffness, you will get better results in social situations by letting your hair down a bit.

IF AUGUST 13 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You have a wonderful year ahead and should thank your lucky stars that you will have the peace and tranquility to enjoy it. This month, you may fall under the spell of an idea or a person you think is the real thing. Don't reinvent your life around this fantasy-laden notion as a professional, businesslike touch is necessary. Ambitions for material success take precedence in the year ahead, especially in October when responsible handling of obligations is your byline. The best time to launch successful projects, make headway with your career or meet someone who is true blue appears in March.


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